Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, lying in the southeast of Yunnan Province, neighbors Baise City in the Guangxi Province . It is bounded on the south by Burma. Wenshan County, the government seat of the prefecture is about 310 kilometers (193 miles) from Kunming. It is also called the Southern Gate of East Yunnan. The Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture is well-known throughout China for its Panax notoginseng, a valuable medicinal material, and is thus also known as the “Hometown of Panax notoginseng”.
Chinese Name: 文山 (wén shān)
Area: 31,456 square kilometers (12,145 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Zhuang, Miao, Yi
Administrative Division: 8 counties (Wenshan, Yanshan, Xichou, Malipo, Maguan, Qiubei, Guangnan, Funing)
Seat of the city government: No.44, Dongfeng Road, Kaihua Town Wenshan County.
History of History
Administrative division of this area in history initiated during the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), when the emperor launched the exploitation of southwestern border area. Kingdoms set up by local ethnic minorities were conquered and replaced by counties and shires newly established by the court.
What to see in Wenshan?
This area stands in the southeast of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau backed by the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in the northwest. Mountainous region occupies nearly ninety-five percent of the prefecture's territory. The total area under cultivation only accounts for a proportion of seven percent.
Traveling to Wenshan must be a amazing experience. There are so many highlights in Wenshan, such as Puzhehei Lotus Lake, a panoramic view of clear lakes and pond full of lotus, emerald mountains and enchanting karst landscape. Bamei Village is regarded as a land of idyllic beauty. Other top highlights are Laojun Mountain Forest Park, Liujing Karst Caves and Seven Star Lake.
| Bamei Village||Puzhehei Scenic Area||Babao Scenic Area|
How to get to Wenshan?
1. Wenshan Puzhehei Airport stands 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of Yanshan County, 23 kilometers (14 miles) from Wenshan County. At present, it has flights to Kuming, Nanning and connecting flight to Guangzhou through Nanning. There are several ticket booking offices in counties of the prefecture. 120 minutes before take-off, airport buses will send passengers booking tickets at these offices to the airport from Jinmeng Hotel. Usually, ninety minutes ahead of time is suggested to reach the airport.
2. Road is the backbone of local transportation. There are three main bus stations in the county:
The Transportation Company of the Autonomous Region of Wenshan
Address: Zhongling Road, Wenshan
Tel: 0876-2122946, 2122546
The Nanqiao Passenger Transportation Station
Address: Nanqiao Road, Wenshan
The Beiqiao Passenger Transportation Station
Address: Beiqiao Road, Wenshan
3. It is about four hours' drive from Kunming to Puzhehei. Visitors can make an excursion of the Puzhehei by a 20-kilometer-long watercourse. Bamei Village can be reached from Guangnan County by public bus for about forty minutes.
Wenshan Tarvel Tips
Festivals in Wenshan: Wenshan is a place inhabited by eleven ethnic minorities. Therefore, celebrating the festivals altogether with local minorities in the most interesting thing. Danu Festival is the grandest festival of the whole for the Yao ethnic minority. In addition, lotus festival, torch festival and many other local traditional celebrations are undoubtedly temptations for visitors. There are many resources including plants, animals, minerals, and water in Wenshan Prefecture.
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0876-2151632
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: No.138, Kaihua Road (Middle), Kaihua Town
China Post: Post Bureau Building, Puyang Road, Kaihua Town
Special Local Products: pseudo ginseng (Panax notoginseng), capsicum, bamboo shoot, Zhuang brocade, Zingiber striolatum (a kind of unique vegetable in Xichou County), green tea